Evaluating delay factors in the construction and operation of port operational areas (case study: Shahid Rajaee port complex)
A significant part of the annual budget of developing countries is allocated to civil projects and the construction industry. In Iran, between 30% and 40% of the total budget of the country `is allocated to this industry. However, the implementation of these projects is often faced with several problems that cause delays and increase costs. The main objective of this research is to identify, analyze, and prioritize factors effective in delays in the construction of port operational area and to offer suggestions for preventing or reducing these delays. The statistical population of the study consists of employers,investors, consultants and contractors involved in the construction of port operational areas in Iran. Data were collected through a questionnaire and were then analyzed using structural equation modeling in VPLS software. Results showed the most effective factors of the delay in the construction of port operational areas to be inadequate monitoring(11%), poor planning and time scheduling (19%), improper allocation of resources (24%), cash flows changes(28%), failure to fund the projects on time (16%)and other factors (27%). These results can assist companies and legal authorities involved in the construction of port operational areas in Iran in making the right decisions based on the importance and effectiveness of each delay factor.
Keywords: Delay Factors, Port Construction Projects, Project Management.